costume dramas

Thomas Hardy crowds’ madding fury over plans to build 400ft wind turbines on countryside which inspired famous novelist | Mail Online

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The rolling countryside of Dorset beloved by poet and novelist Thomas Hardy will be ‘devastated’ if plans to build a dozen wind turbines there go ahead, angry residents have claimed.

The Thomas Hardy Society has condemned proposals to erect two wind farms close to locations the author wrote into his best-known works, saying they will blight the beautiful countryside that attracts crowds of tourists each year.

The proposed sites for the 400ft turbines are between the villages of Tolpuddle and Puddletown, close to where both The Return Of The Native and Far From The Madding Crowd were set, and at Charminster, not far from the tiny village of Stinsford where Hardy was born and where his heart is buried.









The eight-episode first season of “The Paradise” was shown on the BBC a year ago and arrives here Sunday night (on PBS’s “Masterpiece Classic”) feeling like a straggler. It’s the last of the big-four British costume dramas of recent years to make its American public-television debut, after “Downton Abbey,” “Call the Midwife” and “Mr. Selfridge,” and it’s the most frivolous of the bunch, which is saying quite a bit. (It’s based, incongruously enough, on a novel by the great French naturalist Émile Zola.)

(via ‘The Paradise,’ a British Period Drama, Comes to PBS –


Australian ingenue Adelaide Kane, 23, plays the young Mary. London, U.K.-born Toby Regbo, 21, plays the Dauphin Francis, Mary’s husband — for a while — who would later be crowned King Francis II of France. Happily for all concerned, Regbo looks nothing like the pictures of the actual Francis II. This is TV, after all: Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors didn’t much look like the historically accepted portraits of Henry VIII, either.

Frankly, I have no problem with this sort of casting.  😉

Bonnie Prince Charlie: it’s a dog’s life | Film |

“Bonnie Prince Charlie was one of those huge florid extravaganzas that reek of disaster from the start,” star David Niven admitted…

Next year, Peter Capaldi will reportedly direct a film – entitled Born to be King and starring Ewan McGregor – about Bonnie Prince Charlie’s disastrous shoot.